New ways to begin again

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

The end of a year means bidding farewell to the holidays and saying hello to what you want to change, upgrade and do better.

Health and well-being are always the first things that come to mind, but don’t overlook your home. Major or minor design decisions can really impact how you live and the overall happiness of your home and those in it.

“As we move in to the New Year, it’s about embracing function, but also creating a space that’s a strong reflection of the people who live there,” said Nate Berkus, renowned decorator, designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. Berkus offers these tips:

Get organized

The first thing is to clean the house. Don’t underestimate how important that is, and what a difference it will make! Next, get rid of all the clutter, which has probably been piling up all year. It’s all about editing — throw out what no longer works to make room for things that are necessary to live well.

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High tech, high touch

Whether a gourmet chef or a total novice in the kitchen, take advantage of all the incredible high tech appliances out there.

Brighten your outlook

If there’s one easy change to make in a home, make it the lighting. Maybe it’s a pair of vintage lamps from the local flea market on the console, perhaps a pair of statement sconces in the bedroom or a pendant light in the entryway.

Changes that last

Maybe 2015 is the year that you commit to that kitchen renovation. Reach for things that will feel timeless, now and in the future. When it comes to the appliances, go for matching stainless steel; they have a forever feel that will absolutely up the style factor.

Maybe add a large-capacity, French-door refrigerator, like the one from the LG Studio suite of appliances. I particularly love the Door-in-Door feature, especially for a large family, as it has easy access to your favorite foods and more room for storage.

Be bold

If you’re not able to take on a full kitchen renovation this year, don’t worry — it can be as simple as layering in some color. Color is a great way to add personality, and accent pieces are the best way to make a statement. Adding a bold accessory is an easy way to change the look and feel of a room, and if by summer it’s time for another refresh, those pieces are easy to change out.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.